Normally, by this time, I am at my wits end, I am ready to have the kids go back to school and I am looking forward to getting on with my list of "Things To Do". I am ready to move on. Not today however ...
Do you want to know why? This is why ...
Combined with a bit of this ...
I've written before about Mindfulness and my continued effort in perfecting this practice.
While I still feel I have a long way to go in the application of Mindfulness to all areas of my life, I most certainly had some wins these School holidays, which is apparent from the state of my house!
While we always have done fun things, I've noticed that I used to rush through everything. It would be like, "Lets go to the beach!" "Yay, now we are here, when can we go?" Done that, now tick it off the list.
I was a very big list person, and while I still am for many things, I find the important things cannot be experienced by ticking off a list.
My advice to you all: Pick one thing and stick with it until you have enjoyed the hell out of it!
So we have had a few days at the beach where we enjoyed building sand castles with moats so the water can surround them when the waves come in close enough, kicking the ball in the water and watching the waves bring it back, weeding the back yard and simply just digging holes in the dirt. We've watched DVDs, been to the movies and eaten pop corn and ice cream. We've been out for posh lunches and trips through Maccas drive through. And, the best part, I was there, I was present, I was in the moment and living those moments with my kids.
My Happy Ending: We have made memories.